Saturday, 16 January 2010

Northern Ireland Fencing

This afternoon I went to Avoniel Leisure Centre in East Belfast to present the prizes on the first day of the Northern Ireland Open Fencing Championships.  This is the premier annual fencing competition in Northern Ireland and attracts competitiors from Great Britain and the Irish Republic as well as Northern Ireland.  It involves all three weapons - foil, epee and sabre - and is open to fencers aged 13 upwards.

The tournament organiser Sandra Martin has been associated with fencing in Northern Ireland for almost fifty years and she has been involved with organising the competition for the last twenty years.

The governing body for fencing in Northern Ireland is Northern Ireland Fencing Ltd, formerly the Northern Ireland Fencing Union, and there are fourteen fencing clubs in the province.  Anyone interested in fencing can get more information at

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